KSUIF to Present Red Carpet Premiere of 'Unlucky' on April 28

'Unlucky' is student media organization's fourth full-length feature film

Kent State University Independent Films (KSUIF) will debut its fourth full-length feature film, “Unlucky,” on April 28, 2016, in Cartwright Auditorium. The red carpet event will begin at 7 p.m., with food and drinks, a photo booth, a “step and repeat” banner and walkway, and more, with the film beginning at 8:30 p.m.

“Unlucky” is a romantic comedy, telling a story of love at first sight that isn’t quite as magical as a fairytale. Without even learning her name, the main character, Sam, faces the unluckiest of situations in order to reunite with his love before it’s too late. KSUIF is a student-run production company, which produces web series, short films, music videos, documentaries and a full-length feature film every other year. The student media organization has grown substantially, from six members to more than 100, in recent years.

Buddy Candela, Kent State graduate student and KSUIF president, said the “Unlucky” premiere is the culmination of months of writing, raising production money, filming, script revisions, read-throughs and editing. He and Kent State alumnus Keegan Larwin, ’15, co-directed the film, and former Kent State student Nathan Mitchell wrote the script.

KSUIF filmed “Unlucky” over the course of 44 days during summer 2015. Actors include Kent State students, faculty, community members and professionals.

Though the film is produced by students, they maintain professional-level movie production standards. Traci Easley Williams, associate lecturer in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is KSUIF’s faculty advisor and offered guidance and expertise during each phase of production.

“It prepares us a lot for careers,” Candela said of the experience producing a feature film from start to finish. “In classes, you’re going to learn the basics: how to frame a shot, how to edit and what all of this stuff means. But until you go out and do it, you’re not prepared.”

Leading up to the April 28 premiere, KSUIF has been focusing on networking and getting the word out. Several members had the opportunity to promote “Unlucky” at Kent State Day at the Cleveland International Film Festival on April 7.

Tickets for the “Unlucky” premiere are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. To purchase tickets, email tbongior@kent.edu

POSTED: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 10:50am
UPDATED: Friday, April 29, 2016 - 2:44pm